Orange Is the New Black star Jamie Denbo is hitting back after allegedly being told that at the age of 43 she she is ‘too old’ to play the wife of a middle-aged man in a new television series.
The actress took to Twitter to share candid details about the casting call while angrily calling out Hollywood for sexism and ageism.
‘I was just informed that at the age of 43, I am TOO OLD to play the wife of a 57-year-old,’ she tweeted last Wednesday.
Ageism: Actress Jamie Denbo, 43, revealed she was recently told she was ‘too old’ to play the wife of a middle-aged man
Say what? The actress took to Twitter last week to share candid details about the casting call
Looking for a very young mom: Jamie added that the characters have an 18-year-old daughter together
However, Jamie didn’t stop there, and in another tweet she revealed that the couple has a teenager in the show.
‘Oh, the characters also have an 18-year-old daughter. I am TOO OLD to be the mother of an 18-year-old,’ she wrote.
Jamie went on to insinuate that it was the show’s male star who deemed her too old to play his spouse.
‘The real wife of the 57-year-old actor is EASILY AT LEAST 50. But this f****r wants to be tv married to a 38-year-old -TOPS’ she explained.
Past work: Jamie has appeared in Orange Is the New Black, The Heat, and Difficult People
Guessing game: Although she refused to name names, Jamie insinuated that it was the actor starring in the show who wanted his wife to be no older than 38
Get the picture? Jamie made it clear that the male character was on his first marriage because it would make a ‘little more sense’ if he had a younger second wife
‘This is a FIRST marriage, btw. Not a re-wife. Which would make a little more sense,’ she added.
‘F**K HOLLYWOOD. #FeudFX,’ she wrote in her final tweets on the subject. ‘Old white men, enjoy your last run. We are all f**king done with you lizards.’
Unsurprisingly, people were clamoring to figure out who the actor was, but when Jamie was asked to ‘name names’ in the comments, she said she ‘would love to’ but she wouldn’t want to ‘ruin the guy’ for anyone.
‘He is an “American treasure,”‘ she explained.
Hitting back: ‘F**k Hollywood,’ Jamie tweeted towards the end of her rant
End note: For her final tweet, Jamie told ‘old white men’ to ‘enjoy your last run’
Guess who? Jamie hinted in the comments section that the actor in question is an ‘American treasure’, and her tweets prompted actress Lindsey Broad to share her own story
Sharing praise: Jamie, who plays Ginsberg on Orange Is the New Black, praised the Netflix series and other like it for having ‘amazing female characters of all ages and colors’
The exchange prompted actress Lindsey Broad to share her own casting call horror story in the comments section.
‘Got asked to [chemistry] read for a sitcom & would’ve been statutorily raped by the husband if we’d been together for as long as the script implied,’ she tweeted. ‘I said “gross, no.”‘
According to Entertainment Tonight, Jamie later posted a longer message about sexism and ageism on Facebook, which she has since deleted.
‘I didn’t expect this to blow up – even a little,’ she wrote. ‘I deliberately chose to not publish a personal blog post or a longer piece about it (there IS one sitting on my desktop) because I didn’t want to completely blackball myself as an actor.
‘Honestly – it mostly just hurt my vanity – which is pretty rare. I don’t usually think of myself as “old.” It stung like when your Junior High crush (the one with a little acne and baby fat) tells your friends that you’re kind of ugly.
Elaborating: Jamie wrote more about her series of tweets in a Facebook post that has since been deleted
‘Also, there are WAY more important things to rage about in the world right now besides obvious and regular accounts of sexism (and ageism) in Hollywood.’
The actress explained that she decided to write her Facebook post about her experience after her tweets were shared in Eric March’s article for Upworthy.
‘As long as we are talking about it, I WILL add that white “Hollywood liberal” men of a certain age MIGHT want to calm down on the Trump trashing if they are going to continue to make “art” that represents women in such an offensive way,’ she continued.
Jamie added that she felt ‘gob smacked’ by what happened to her because she never watches ‘terrible s**t with such dumb premises as having an old man f**k an improbably young wife anyway.’
She went on to list numerous shows, including Orange Is the New Black, which have ‘amazing female characters of all ages and colors’.
‘I’ll stop with one little word of advice to the “creators” out there,’ she wrote. ‘
‘Just make sure that whichever 30-something you cast is a SPECTACULAR actress, because don’t kid yourselves, she is gonna have to really work hard to make it look like she’s attracted to a 57-year-old.’